What seems like a lifetime ago when Mukhriz Mahathir was still the Kedah Menteri Besar, he could have used a lifeline from dear ole dad to keep him afloat. Mukhriz looked here and there; Tun Mahathir was not where his son needed him to be. Tun Mahathir it turned out was too busy trying to secure a seat at the head of government that he coveted for the very son who drowning.
Tun Mahathir wrongly thought that the Mahathir family name could keep Mukhriz secure as well as render him untouchable in Kedah while he used his energies to try and oust Prime Minister Najib Razak. It was already too by the time Tun Mahathir realized fully comprehended Mukhriz’ situation.
Not that Tun Mahathir could have done anything to help his son. In fact, it could be said that he had already done too much as Mukhriz downfall was largely due to his following his father’s folly. Mukhriz wagered on his father and loss everything which he was being groomed for. Even before being put out of UMNO, he had been a dead man walking. The Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections were where he was served his last meals
Now, it appears that the Mahathir recent father and son history may repeat itself as Mahathir’s son Datuk Mokhzani may face the same charges that his former business partner is be facing as a result of insider trading. If his former business partner Yeow Kheng along with the other two accused (Paulene Chee Yuet Fang and Tan Yee Chee) are convicted, it may only be a matter of time before Mokhzani has to face the same music.
Tun Mahathir who claimed to be too busy to help Mukhriz will have to decide, if he is still too busy to save yet another son who needs his father’s help.
Leading up to any possible trail, will Tun Mahathir claim that his son Mokhzani is innocent until proven guilty (a statement that seems to be lost on him when he attacks the Prime Minister) or will he pronounce his son’s guilt before the investigative process is complete as he so frequently does? It seems that no matter what path Tun Mahathir chooses, he will come out on the losing in as people are now beginning to see how the Mahathir siblings have amassed their enormous wealth.
There is probably not too much Tun Mahathir can do to help his son in the same way there is nothing Lim Kit Siang can do to help his son the Penang Menteri Besar Lim Guan Eng with his pending legal issues. Neither father has garnered enough good will to be able to pull the right strings that would make all of these issues vanish!
For Tun Mahathir the new of his son’s possible connection to insider trading could not come at a worse time as Tun is trying to paint the government as dirty, but it seems that he was peering through his own dirty windows. So now Tun Mahathir’s latest dilemma is how to save Mokhzani when could not even save Mukhriz.
It seems that Karma has a real sense of irony!